By request, a spoiler post to discuss Naomi Novik’s Victory of Eagles. The non-spoiler post is here.
Some observations to kick things off:
Konrad, I am so bad with names that I had to look up Woolvey. No, the reason I was thinking Tharkay is the way he cuts Laurence to the bone with so little effort, pointing out the futility of martyrdom and the barbarity of Wellesley’s orders, and then shows up at the end to keep him company, which is the particular bit I can’t quite fathom.
Speaking of Wellesley, I’m embarassed to admit it took me until the last chapter, when he’s formally introduced as Wellington, to recognize him. Obviously, I know almost nothing about him; but his deep practicality and his support for Catholic emancipation in our world strikes me as good enough reason to have achieved the recognition of dragons that we get here (yay!).
So: Granby, out of the service? How shall the Napoleonic Wars go without our POV characters? What interesting things await in Australia (is it at all realistic to hope for a better outcome to colonialization there)? And will Novik manage to keep it from being too Patrick O’Brian-like, especially on the prison-ship voyage there?